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Technology To Remotely Monitor Outplanting Sites

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program (NTDP) evaluated the use of satellite telemetry to monitor outplanting sites in remote areas. These areas do not have access to cell service and require hours of drive time to inspect planting sites. Remotely accessible camera and sensor systems provide Forest Service personnel with the capability to inspect sites without leaving the office. This system enables reforestation personnel to plan planting contracts at the optimum time for planting. NTDP evaluated the Nupoint Systems Remote Viewer Satellite Camera System using a Campbell datalogger and air and soil temperature probes. The user receives an image via email that contains the air and soil temperature data. A snow depth gauge in the image provides a reference for determining snow depth. NTDP deployed the system in the fall of 2017, and the system has been transmitting images since February 2018. This paper was presented at the Joint annual meeting of the Western Forestry and Conservation Nursery Association and the Pacific Northwest Reforestation Council (Corvallis, OR, October 11–12, 2017).


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Author(s): Ed Messerlie, Tyler Hackney

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 61, Number 2 (2018)

Event: Joint Annual Meeting of the Western Forestry and Conservation Nursery Association and the Pacific Northwest Reforestation Council
2017 - Corvallis, OR

Volume: 61

Number: 2

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